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Iowa Lakes Community College (ILCC) serves students in a five-county area with satellite campuses Algona, Emmetsburg, Estherville, Spencer, and Spirit Lake. Classes are catered to a variety of students who are enrolled full or part time, pursuing vocational, continuing education, and career option classes, which are offered during the day, in the evenings, and even over the weekends. For those that have work and family commitments, the school offers distance learning via the internet or through fiberoptics through a television set. Students also opt to attend ILCC for their first two years of post-secondary education before transferring to a four-year baccalaureate institution.


Students here are able to build close relationships with their instructor and are generally placed in classes of around 18, allowing students to also get to know their peers.

There are three different types of programs:

Career Options Programs

The credits earned can be applied to four-year institutions around the country. If students complete two-year programs, they may earn an Associate in Science degree. Career Options Programs are designed to ensure that “students are adequately prepared to meet practical employment needs.” The curriculum consists of general, foundational courses, specialty courses, and job-related training. Some of the areas of study include: Aviation Management, Computer Programming, Criminal Justice, Journalism and Photography, Veterinary Technology, to name a few.

Technical Programs

Students can prepare for job entry by earning an Associate in Science degree specific to the career path they have chosen. These programs are all-encompassing and fully prepare students for the workplace. Some of the subjects included in the technical programs includes Nursing, Construction Technology, Hotel and Restaurant Management, among others.

Vocational Programs

Vocational programs are equivalent to two full-time semesters of credits and courses. Diplomas are awarded upon successful completion of all courses. Some of the programs available include: Medical Office Technologist Coding, Office Specialist, Photography, Marine Service Technology, and Construction Technology.

Bachelor’s Degree Complete Program

The school has partnered with several area universities to help its students achieve bachelor degrees. Briar Cliff University, Buena Vista University, and the University of Iowa, College of Nursing have classes on campus specifically for students to finish their four-year degrees. The University of Iowa and the Iowa State University have additional sources for students who enroll in their specialized programs to transfer their first two years to these institutions so students can earn a bachelor’s in those final two years of study.

Most Popular Fields of Study


Students wishing to apply for admittance need to have either a high school diploma or its GED equivalent. Some programs may allow students to enter, on a case-by-case basis, without high school diplomas. Enrollment in many of the academic programs is limited, so the sooner students apply, the better chance they have of getting into their programs of choice.

Admissions is granted on a continuous first-come, first-served basis, requiring students to complete the following process:

  • Complete an application form and submit it to the Admissions Office. No application fee is required.
  • Students will be notified if an interview is required. Visiting with a program adviser is strongly encouraged.
  • A final high school transcript is required but will not affect acceptance for admittance.

Financial Aid

Over 75% of students receive some form of financial aid. Students need to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online. In addition, if students are interested in applying for scholarships, they also need to fill out the Online Scholarship Application.

The scholarship applications need to be submitted for each year of enrollment if students are interested in aid. There is an April 1 deadline for students attending in the fall. Students do not select the scholarships they wish to apply for, but rather, the online system screens answers and “matches” students with appropriate scholarships.

Student Financial Aid Details

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Students here have the opportunity to develop peer relationships if they choose to live in the dormitories available on three of the five campuses: Emmetsburg, Estherville, and Spencer. Each dorm room is equipped with air-conditioning, high-speed internet, and hookups for basic cable TV. Vending machines and microwaves supplement on-campus food service. Students also have access to coin-operated washers and dryers for their laundry needs.

For extracurricular activities, students are able to join a myriad of clubs and organizations at each campus. The groups center around pre-professional topics, special interest groups, athletic clubs, social organizations, and community services.

Students needing support as they seek careers can visit with advisers at the Career Resource Center. Services are available to help students identify education goals, assess skills and interests, develop individual career plans, develop interviewing skills, and learn business etiquette.

Student Enrollment Demographics


The Lakers compete in the ICCAC and NJCAA.

Men’s Competitive Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Wrestling

Women’s Competitive Sports

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Volleyball

Students can enjoy state-of-the-arts facilities for their athletic activities. There is a Laker gymnasium, Hess Lundberg Baseball Complex, and the Christensen Building which contains an all-sport surface with two full basketball courts and two drop-down baseball batting cages. A weight room and training facility is also available to students. Swimmers are able to enjoy a six-lane, 25 meter indoor, heated pool and a 1 meter diving board.

Information Summary

Ranks 34th in Iowa and 2156th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.03
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 7 0.23
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 1 0.03
Arrest 2 0.06

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 10 0.16
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 30 0.47
Larceny 96 1.50
Vehicle theft 15 0.23

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Estherville, IA 51334-2295
Surrounding communityRemote town (over 35 mi. away from an urban cluster)
Total Population8,132 (6,554 urban / 1,578 rural)
Households3,241 (2.36 people per house)
Median Household Income$32,154
Families2,093 (2.94 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Rural-serving Medium
Undergraduate PopulationMixed part/full-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingMedium two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAssociate's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District1904

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 2426th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $4,768 $4,768 $5,120
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $556 $556 $556
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $149 $149 $160
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $16,624 $16,624 $16,976
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $15,624 $15,624 $15,976
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $10,624 $10,624 $10,976

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $5,004 $5,210 $5,004 $5,210 $5,068 $5,274
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,300(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $5,000 $5,500
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,400(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $6,200(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,400(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,700 $4,800

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NJCAA

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity507
Meals per Week17
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 3015th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $54,134 ($54,896 male / $48,461 female)
Number of FT Faculty 88 (47 male / 41 female)
Number of PT Faculty 173
FT Faculty Ratio 0.5 : 1
Total Benefits $3,244,203

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